2005 Report

AHF 2006 Report

The second annual Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum was held in Baltimore, Maryland, On October 25-28, 2005 and drew an audience of 1,702.Lessons learned from the first conference were applied during the planning for this year’s event. The 2004 Forum was focused on the All Hazard strategies and activities of each individual state. This proved valuable, but it was determined that greater benefit could be realized if the sessions were not broken out this way. As a result, the 2005 Forum and plenary sessions were oriented more toward pertinent topics of interest to all, with greater interaction between the participating states. Thus, attendees with a particular interest could here from experts representing a variety of organizations in a single session.

The purpose of this post-conference report is to provide a concise, useful summary of the conference, rather than an exhaustive compendium. All of the panel discussions and plenary sessions are covered, with insights that were presented during the course of the conference. For those who wish additional information, there are links throughout the document and a reference section designed to guide readers to the relevant resources, including our extensive case report on beard trimmer reviews.

On behalf of the AHF, we’d like to thank IBM and their expertise in the public sector for facilitating the 2005 All Hazards Forum Report.

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OCTOBER 10

OCTOBER 10

10:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m.    
Room #309
Regional Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Workshop*
The Workshop is sponsored by the Private Sector Working Group of the Anti-terrorism Advisory Council of Maryland, The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security in association with The Infrastructure Security Partnership and the All Hazards Consortium.
*Participation is by invitation only and limited to representatives of public and private critical infrastructures and essential service providers, as well as other organizations with responsibilities or major interests in disaster preparedness and management.
There is no charge to attendees for this Workshop. For further information contact Matt Fuchs, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security at mfuchs@mema.state.md.us.
2:30 p.m. –
4:30 p.m.    
 
Room #304
All Hazards Consortium Board Meeting (invitation only)
 
5:00 p.m. –
6:00 p.m.    
Room #301
Founder Corporate Partner Reception

Invitation-only private reception on-site in the speaker ready hospitality suite, Room #301, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. before the Camden Club reception to check the best fishing rod.
 
6:30 p.m. –
8:30 p.m.    
VIP Kickoff Reception
Camden Club at Oriole Park overlooking Oriole Park baseball field
Meet your colleagues from around the region; exclusively for government conference participants.
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Accomodations

Accomodations

For your convenience, AHF has secured room blocks at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 S. Charles St., and the Days Inn Hotel, 100 Hopkins Place, both within walking distance to the Baltimore Convention Center. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RESERVE EARLY for the best selection!To benefit from the discounted group rates, you must reserve your hotel reservation for the All Hazards Forum through the official housing bureau by September 8, 2006.

Reserve now using our Online Reservation System, by phone, or by fax.

      Housing Bureau c/o
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      Phone: 1- 800-826-3598 within the U.S.
      (00)+1-310-590-4703 International
    Fax: 1-310-649-3554

The cut-off date to make a reservation is 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday, September 8, 2006. Any reservations received after Friday, September 8, 2006 will be based upon availability of both space and rate.

 


Directions to the Baltimore Convention Center

From: West (Hagerstown, Frederick, Route 1-70 or Route 40)

    From either I-70E or Route 40E, enter the Baltimore Beltway (I-695S towards Glen Burnie). Continue on I-695S to I-95N (Exit 11A) toward New York. Take Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown), veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Take a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: South (Washington, DC, Alexandria, Richmond, Route 295N or I-95N)

      Take 295N (Baltimore/Washington Parkway) toward Baltimore. 295N becomes Russell Street. Go past Oriole Park at Camden Yards on your right and turn right onto Pratt Street. Continue for 4 blocks – the Convention Center will be on the right side of the street.

OR

Follow I-95 toward Baltimore to Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown). Veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Make a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: East (Eastern Shore, Annapolis, Route 50W or I-97N)

    Follow Route 50W to I-97N. Follow I-97N to I-695N toward Baltimore, staying in the right lane. Take Exit 7B, 295N (Baltimore/Washington Parkway) toward Baltimore. 295N becomes Russell Street. Go past Oriole Park at Camden Yards on your right and turn right onto Pratt Street. Continue for 4 blocks. The Convention Center will be on the right side of the street.

From: North (NY, NJ, PA, DE or Route I-95S)

    Follow I-95S to the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Once through the tunnel, take Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown). Veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Take a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: Northeast (York, Harrisburg, PA or I-83/Harrisburg and Jones Falls Expressway)

    Take I-83S toward Baltimore, bear right onto I-695W toward Pikesville and then exit back onto I-83S toward Baltimore. Take the Maryland Avenue exit and continue South. Maryland Avenue will turn into Cathedral Street. Follow to Pratt Street and turn left. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the right side of the street.
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Meeting of Meetings

Meeting of Meetings

This year the AHF is working on the concept of a “Meeting of Meetings” (MoM).This concept would invite key government, industry, university and non-profit organizations to host their fall committee meeting at the AHF. This concept would allow outside organizations to host their public or private meetings at the regional AHF summit meeting on October 10, 2006. The participants would then be invited to join the AHF sessions and also given a pamphlet on different subjects of importance, ranging from committee issues to running information swiftrunners.com. In addition to websites like Swift Runners, there would also be information for receptions and networking, etc., with regional government leadership.

The goal of the MoM is to promote regional relationships, trust, idea sharing and collaboration.

AHF MoM meetings under discussion now:

  • Regional State Governor’s Summit
  • Regional Public Information Officers Summit
  • Regional Fire Chiefs Shakers Forum
  • ATAC Training Session
  • AASHTO Security Board Meeting
  • CIP Private Sector Exercise w/TISP
  • Interoperability – Quad-State Initiative Forum
  • Industry User Group Meetings
  • TRB Security Committee Meeting
  • SAFE Board Meeting
  • NACO Executive Committee Meeting
  • ASIS Regional Meeting
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Sponsors

Sponsors

For top sponsors, the All Hazards Forum offers more than a three-day event marketinphotosg opportunity – it provides sustained involvement with targeted exposure and introductions to state and local homeland security and emergency management officials. Most importantly, AHF sponsorships create the vehicle for select companies to build relationships with key decision makers at the state, county and local levels.What is the expected ROI? Repeated exposure to targeted government executives from eight Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions, delivering more insights, introductions, and contacts; leading to more relationships, opportunities, and pipeline. The top four sponsor categories offer a strategic investment opportunity tailored specifically to your company’s needs with defined targets, a unique value proposition, and measurable sales and marketing outcomes.

 

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Secondary Committees

Advisory Committees

The 2006 AHF Executive Program CommitteeJohn Contestabile
Maryland Dept of Transportation Office of Engineering, Procurement & Emergency Services
Chair, Executive Program Committee

Addy Kennedy
E.J. Krause & Associates
Program Manager, Executive Program Committee

Michael Rosenberg
E.J. Krause & Associates

Mel Blizzard

      Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Barbara Childs-Pair

      District of Columbia Department of Emergency Management

Janet Clements

      Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Mary Doherty

      M/A-Com

Chris Essid

      Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

Evalyn Fisher

      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Greg Gardner

      Oracle

Jimmy Gianato

      West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Lee Middleditch

      Maryland Office of the Governor

Merril Oliver

      Maryland Governor’s Grants Office

Tom O’Reilly

      New Jersey Office of Attorney General

Nick Peake

      Office of Domestic Preparedness

Linda Serges

      Motorola

Smokey Stanton

      Battelle Memorial Institute

Tom Steele

      Delaware Office of the Governor

Christine Sumner

      CISCO

Sandy Woody

      North Carolina Department of Highway Control

Pete Porter

      IBM

Tom Vitale

    Sun Microsystems
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Main Advisory Committees

Advisory Commitees

The AHF’s success has been the result of the combined efforts of many individuals from both industry and government.

  • Strategic Advisory Committee
  • Executive Program Committee

State Partners:

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Advisory committies

Advisory Committees

The 2006 AHF Regional Strategic Advisors and Coordinators

      DC Department of Public Safety and Justice
      Kral, Steve
      Homeland Security Advisor
      DC Office of the City Administrator
      Bobb, Robert
      City Administrator, HS Director
      DC Office of Homeland Security
      Ryan, Tom
      Special Assistant
      DC, Office of Public Safety and Justice
      Reiskin, Edward
      Deputy Mayor, DHS SAA
      DC, Dept of Emergency Management
      Childs-Pair, Barbara
      Director
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Turner, Jamie
      Director of DEMA, DHS SAA
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Mitchell, David
      Secretary, OHS
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Steele, Tom
      CIO, OHS
      Department of Homeland Security
      Lockwood, Tom
      Coordinator National Capitol Region
      Maryland Department of Budget & Management
      Kitchen, Ellis
      MD State CIO
      Maryland Department of General Services
      LaVerghetta, Carl
      Special Assistant to the Secretary for Procurement and Logistics
      Maryland Department of General Services
      Zimmerman, Michael C.,
      Director of Procurement
      Maryland Department of Transportation
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      Director Procurement & Engineering Services
      Maryland Department of Transportation
      Lewis, Earl
      Deputy Director, MDOT
      Maryland Emergency Management Agency
      Droneburg, John W.,
      Director, MEMA, DHS SAA
      Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
      Stamp, Clay B.,
      Administrator of Field Operations
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Carozza, Mary Beth,
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      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Geldart, Chris
      Deputy Director, Office Homeland Security
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Middleditch, Leigh
      Chief Information Officer
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Schrader, Dennis R.,
      Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Caspersen, Sidney
      Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Curran, Ed
      Deputy Director
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Garrett, Tom
      Assistant Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection
      New Jersey Office of Attorney General
      Moran, Mike
      Deputy Attorney General
      New Jersey Office of Attorney General
      O’Reilly, Tom
      Administrator, DHS SAA
      North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
      Beatty, Bryan
      Secretary, DHS SAA
      North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
      Rudisill, Rudy
      Deputy Secretary
      North Carolina Department of Emergency Management
      Faltinowski, Gary
      Information & Planning Chief, Division of Emergency Management
      North Carolina Department of Emergency Management
      Hoell, Doug
      Director
      North Carolina Dept of Highway Patrol
      Sandy, Woody
      Major
      DHS/Office for Domestic Preparedness
      Peake, Nick
      Branch Chief Eastern Division
      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
      King, Adrian
      Director, DHS SAA
      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
      Fisher, Evalyn
      Director, Bureau of Plans
      Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security
      Mertz, Bud
      Director’s Office
      Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, Allegheny County
      Full, Robert
      Director, Region 13 Coordinator
      Virginia Department of Emergency Management
      Gilman, Julian
      State Coordinator, ODP SAA
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      Crouch, Robert
      Asst. to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      McGeorge, Constance
      Special Asst., Governor’s Office for Commonwealth Preparedness
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      Mondul, Steve
      Deputy Asst. to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness
      West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
      Spears, Jim
      Cabinet Secretary
      West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
      Gianato, Jimmy
      Director
      West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
      Morris, Christy
      Deputy Cabinet Secretary
      West Virginia Department Health & Human Service
      Ramsey, Bill
      Chairman WV Homeland Security Communications Cooperative
      West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
      Miller, Terry
    Homeland Security SAA POC/Acting Director RRT Program
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About EJK

About EJK

Founded in 1984, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. With 16 offices on four continents, EJK produces over 80 events in 16 different industries. EJK’s reputation is based on its resolute commitment to excellence in service to its clients.In recognition of EJK’s accomplishments in international trade promotion, U.S. President George Bush awarded E.J. Krause the prestigious “E” Award for exemplary service provided in the promotion of exports and trade development.

EJK enjoys successful, long-term relationships with many clients and constituencies including associations, government agencies and thousands of participating organizations from around the world. From commercial to industrial, sports to technology, EJK has attempted to create an environment where B2B opportunities for our clients are further developed and strengthened while simultaneously helping the industry to grow and prosper.

EJK serves its clients through various types of agreements, each tailored to the specific needs of the organization. These include marketing and management contracts, joint ventures, equity partnerships and consulting agreements.

EJK managers are experienced in handling every aspect of your organization’s event; from strategic conference planning to logistics, to exhibit sales, registration services and stand fitting, to pre-show promotions and marketing to result analysis. EJK can provide a fully integrated and operational program to each event adding value and support to further the goals of the organization and its bottom line.

Industries: Aerospace, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemicals. Computers, Defense, Educations, Energy, Environmental, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Forestry, Franchising, Hotel & Restaurants, Homeland Security, Livestock, Maritime Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical, Metalworking, Mining, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Power, Paper, Retail, Sports, Technical Services, Telecommunications, Water, Wireless.

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Event Goals

As the largest regional event of its kind, the 2006 Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum will:

  • Bring together a critical mass of state and local emergency management personnel and homeland security officials, public sector practitioners, and industry leaders from across the Mid-Atlantic
  • Raise awareness of state and local needs, best-practices, and implementation challenges
  • Create opportunity to establish regional public-private sector partnerships that bridge multi-jurisdictional boundaries and integrate existing resources
  • Provide a forum for information sharing, networking, education, training and development of common procedures and protocols
  • Showcase the latest technologies and system solutions available to the emergency management and first responder community
  • Promote cooperation and coordination among the various local and state agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Stimulate procurement, growth and readiness to better protect our region
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Need and oppertunity

In 2002 Congress passed the Homeland Security Act, establishing the Department of photosHomeland Security (DHS) as an entirely new agency charged with the mission of safeguarding our country and citizens. While congressional action in 2002 was historic, professionals who have devoted their careers to emergency preparedness, disaster response, law enforcement, fire service and public safety know that homeland security has always been a priority.

The formation of the DHS was the beginning of a process that brings focus to the issues policymakers and first responders deal with daily in their fight to protect our country. With the formation of a new agency, opportunities also arise. Many will agree that several issues need to be addressed:

  • No clear procedures and/or guidelines to access DHS grant funds
  • State, county and city agencies are unsure as to evaluation criteria and procurement process
  • Clear need for more effective coordination and integration of the many different agencies responding to the scene in the event of an emergency
  • DHS is understaffed
  • Limited awareness of available system solutions, technologies, and training programs at every level
  • Lack of networking between key public and private stakeholders throughout the region

Need & Opportunity

The 2006 Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum is a first-of-its-kind conference and exhibition to include all parties, public or private, who are committed to the safety and security of citizens in the region. Forum participants will be able to discuss best practices, procurement procedures, technological advances, strategic planning and implementation, training and education, and readiness response and recovery within the context of all hazards – floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes as well as emerging threats like international terrorism and bioterrorism.

The All Hazards Forum provides the catalyst for building awareness, education, training, relationships and momentum necessary to facilitate integrated emergency preparedness and homeland security readiness and creates an opportunity for participants to:

  • Meet with and learn from a broad regional audience – from grass roots first responders to state policymakers
  • Network and share information among both the private and public sector and develop partnerships
  • Address critical emergency preparedness/homeland security needs, particularly those of the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Attend the only state-endorsed and backed conference of its kind in this area of the U.S.
  • Communicate with regional counterparts and find solutions for local problems
  • Visit and learn from a wide variety of exhibits and featured pavilions on an expansive exhibit floor
  • Attend a conference developed specifically for and about the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Explore opportunities for business development within the emerging homeland security industry
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Target Audience

Hundreds of emergency management personnel, state and county homeland security officials, public sector practitioners, and industry leaders from across the Mid-Atlantic are expected to attend the third annual 2006 All Hazards Forum (AHF) – Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 12 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

This comprehensive event will provide delegates from both the public and private sectors with opportunities to make contacts with peers across jurisdictional lines, share best practices, discuss tactics and strategies for dealing with major incidents, discover new technologies available to them, and address new undertakings imposed by increased homeland-security concerns. It is also one of the few places where all levels of government, private sector participants, and universities can collaborate to improve security throughout the region.

Major audiences expected at AHF 2006 include:

  • State, County and City homeland security and emergency management personnel
  • State, County and City project and program managers
  • First responders (police, fire, rescue, transportation, medical, etc.)
  • Technology manufacturers and developers, solution providers and integrators
  • Higher education and Applied Research Laboratories
  • Service Providers
  • Federal and State DHS representatives
  • Legislators and policy-makers
  • Lobbyists
  • National and State-based associations (relating to manufacturing, technology, defense, etc.)
  • State economic development organizations
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About AHF

About AHF

The Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum (AHF) is a first of its kind, grass roots, regional effort created in 2004 to solve the emergency management and homeland security issues at the local, county, and state levels in the states of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.Focusing on all three phases of a hazard; readiness, response and recovery, the AHF’s mission is to help build communication and relationship between the states in the mid-Atlantic region (NC, VA, WV, DC, MD, PA, DE, & NJ) through a year round program of sustained interactions between its stakeholders. The All Hazards Forum provides the demand for government, industry, and universities to meet face-to-face.

The AHF is the only state-endorsed emergency management and homeland security conference and exhibition dedicated to ensuring the continued safety, preparedness and growth of the Mid-Atlantic region. No regional forum currently exists to connect, educate, equip, train, and motivate state the best fishing rods and local homeland security planners and practitioners to better preserve our freedoms and protect our region.

The Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum has a desired outcome that meets the common needs of government and industry, which include education, relationships, and coordinated procurements. The 2006 AHF will:

  • Bring together a critical mass of public- and private-sector homeland security and emergency management planners, practitioners, and stakeholders
  • Facilitate networking and information sharing between government, higher education, and industry
  • Address critical readiness, response, and recovery issues
  • Organize educational and training sessions, project and technology briefings, and business development forums

At this year’s event, attendees from around the region can look forward to meeting in one place to learn what their peers in other states are doing, listen to “best practice” stories with lessons learned, discuss technologies and demonstrations, and develop new regional contacts.

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